Psychology at Krea

The psychology Major at Krea will provide a strong foundation for students through a range of theories and pluralistic approaches undergirding psychology as a modern scientific discipline. This programme will present to the students both mainstream and newly emerging critical perspectives in the field. The unique interwoven approach at Krea will allow students to explore the deeply interconnected strands of theories beyond the environs of psychology. With a strong focus on being able to engage such disciplines as philosophy, history and social studies, the programme will provide Krea students a first year of carefully thought out core and skills courses including ethics, data analytics, writing, philosophical perspectives, social and historical concepts, creative expressions, computational thinking that informs that deeply informs the psychology curriculum. In other words, students will be actively encouraged to bring in their knowledge and experiences from other disciplines and courses to bear upon their learning process in psychology.

Our overarching purpose is to equip students with a broad and humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking. This will be achieved through critically informed and reflective teaching, research and community responsiveness.

The Approach

The Psychology major at Krea is designed to train students not just to question and put studies to scrutiny, but also to develop a robust understanding of what works and how we build testable hypotheses to think about human behaviour and mind. The guiding principles of the curriculum development are contextualised research, ethical rigour, scientific integrity and decolonising psychological science.

Each trimester of the undergraduate program in psychology is carefully curated to ensure that the courses offered in that term are in critical conversations with each other. In the process, students will become familiar with the diverse streams of thought and studies in psychology. Exploring, understanding, critiquing and building psychological thought, theories, and methods within psychology and from related disciplines, the programme will provide students a foundation to work in their third year in specific streams of psychology and develop a research project for their capstone thesis. Krea students will learn the fundamentals of evidence-based psychological science, parsing credible sources, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, running simple quasi-experimental studies, developing an ethics of field work (including learning the process of getting studies approved by ethics committees), learning to write about psychology within the academic conventions of an APA/MLA format, and gaining enough critical knowledge and creativity to craft journalistic pieces for public understanding based on research-based studies without being reductive or misleading about the data and/or findings.

Programme Details

Major: 

In order to earn a Psychology Honours degree, a student must complete thirteen courses as well as a capstone thesis and earn 60 credits, out of which:

  1. Nine are required courses, including 2 required stream courses and lab work (36 credits) 
  2. Four electives (16 credits) 
  3. Capstone thesis (8 credits)

Minor: 

In order to earn a Psychology Minor, a student must complete seven courses and earn 28 credits, out of which: 

  1. Five are required courses (20 credits)
  2. Two  required stream electives (8 credits)

Concentration: 

In order to qualify for a concentration in psychology, a student is required to complete any three required courses and one required stream elective and earn 16 credits. 

 

Required Courses

Sample Electives

  1. Introduction to Psychology 
  2. Psychology and its Discontents
  3. Thinking like a Psychologist
  4. Statistics for Psychologists
  5. Qualitative Approaches
  6. Experimental Research Designs 
  7. Required Stream 1: Social or Health or Clinical Psychology
  8. Required Stream 2: Cognitive or Life-Span or Educational Psychology 
  9. Paper 1: Writing like a Psychologist (APA/ MLA formats)
  1. Psychology of Wellbeing and Resilience
  2. The Psychology of Sexuality and Gender
  3. Public Intuitions and Psychological Concepts 
  4. Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience (CL: Biology)
  5. Desire – Within and Without (The Art, History, and Politics of it)
  6. Self, Identity, Personhood (CL: Philosophy)
  7. Social Movements and Psychological Processes (CL: with Social Studies and Politics)
  8. IQ: Construct, Psychometric Scales, and Criticism
  9. Advanced Research Methods
  10. Right Wing populism and Leadership Processes (CL Politics)
  11. Narrative Therapy Approaches (CL: Lit and Arts)
  12. Models of Computation ( CL: Computer Science ) 
  13. Principles of Machine Learning ( CL: Computer Science) 
  14. Violence (CL: Politics, History, Social Studies) 
  15. Performance and Psychology (CL: Literature and Arts)  

 

Nayantara Ramamoorthy

Krea Postdoctoral Fellow
Psychology Office of Research

Nayantara Ramamoorthy

Krea Postdoctoral Fellow
Psychology Office of Research

PhD, University of Cambridge

Rakshi Rath

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Rakshi Rath

Assistant Professor of Psychology

PhD, University of St. Andrews

Saloni Atal

Visiting Research Associate

Saloni Atal

Visiting Research Associate

Office of Research

Amrita Narayanan

Visiting Professor of Practice in Psychology

Amrita Narayanan

Visiting Professor of Practice in Psychology

·       Guidance counselor

·       Legal researcher

·       Child Development specialist

·       HR Manager

·       Web content writer

·       Market research specialist

·       Education institution

·       Private counseling firm

·       Special needs assessment agency

·       Law/Mediation firm

·       Hospitals / private clinic

·       Career counseling firm

·       Market research agency

·       Mental Health Advocacy & Policy research organization

·       Digital branding/ content agency